The Doom Patrol - Rough

The Doom Patrol © DC Comics

I did this piece to finish in Copic markers, then realized I didn't have fresh colors of what I needed. Arg. Might have to go digital. I know I have the colors I need in that medium. :)

Col-Erase pencil in 9" x 12" Bee Paper Hemp Sketch

This is Post #1779

Dejah Thoris - Rough pencils

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Today: Work, work, work, lunch, draw Dejah Thoris rough figure, work, post, work, repeat as needed.

Graphite and blue Col-Erase pencils on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #1580

Mister Miracle - New Gods

Mister Miracle © DC Comics

Staying with the unofficial New Gods theme of late, today is Mister Miracle. Rough sketch in my sketchbook, ink and color in Photoshop. I really think this would be Young Mister Miracle. Wouldn't an adventure comic feature Scott Free growing up on Apokolips be pretty cool. I wouldn't make it "all ages", I would make the content no harsher than what I grew up with and I think it would work. :)

This is Post #1415

Plastic Man

Plastic Man © DC Comics

This started off as just a doodle in my sketchbook that I decided to digitally paint in Photoshop once I scanned it in. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. No reason for the lady behind him other than Plas is a ladies man. ;)

Below is the initial sketch from my sketchbook.

Also I want to say thanks to everyone for making the effort of leaving comments here on the blog. I know it's easier to respond on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ when I post the update there, but having your comments and our conversations here will make it nice when I eventually archive this blog. So thanks again!

This is Post #1411

Digital Sketchbook Wednesday - Supergirl

Supergirl © DC Comics

This one came to me in a dream. Almost. A few nights ago as I was drifting off to sleep I had this image of Supergirl flying. Mostly I saw her face almost exactly how I drew it above. I worked on that face for hours. Starting in my sketchbook, scanning that, redrawing it in Photoshop a few times on different layers till I got it where I wanted it.

The figure in my head was to be much larger. Her arms would be extending off the page, her body filling the board and her face being the focal point. But I modified that idea as I started to draw. The rest of the piece came to me as I was drawing it. Then I thought this would be a fun "variant" cover of Action Comics 285, buildings on each side of her, crowd cheering and Superman flying behind and to her left. Instead I went with her flying with birds. Egrets to be exact. I don't know if or when I will finish this, but I'm glad I got the idea down. And it spark other ideas.

While doing all this I thought of a couple of variant themes for comic covers. One being where you take the back up feature and make it the cover feature. Or take any cover and come up with a way to make it into a DC romance cover. I did a quick example below of the romance angle. It's a story where Matter-Eater Lad leaves the Legion. It new concept doesn't have to be a real scene from the story, just take the story and twist it a bit. Flopping the lead for this book would mean the Shadow Lass/Night Girl back up story would be on the cover. Fun idea?

Side note: This published cover actually did mix up the lead and back-up titles. "Last Fight for a Legionnaire" was the lead.

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes © DC Comics

This is Post #1410

Superman - Rough

Superman © DC Comics

A lot of work today. Just a sketch of Superman saving a pug done in pencil on an 11" x 17" sheet of bristol board. I hope to finish this someday. :)

Okay, back to work.

This is Post #1395

Deena's Ink Part 3

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

This is the third of three images I have created for my lovely wife Deena. She is getting a new tattoo and I am designing it. You can see the first one here and the second one here. Deena has gone over these three designs and she has picked the first one. The next step for me is to work out some extra elements to flesh out the tattoo and to create a color piece.

In other news, all the artwork from the Conventionless Convention Sketches that haven't shipped will be shipping tomorrow. I will click the little box that will give you an email notification that your package is on it's way. Thanks again everyone!

Tomorrow: MegaCon Advance Sketch List information.

This is Post #1242

Deena's Ink Part 2

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

I have to interrupt the Conventionless Convention Sketch posts today because I didn't manage to finish the inks on the one I was working on. I worked early in the morning but then headed out into the day for family fun and errands. Mostly errands. Just got back and I'm exhausted. Inking while this wiped out is not a good idea. So instead I will show you the rough I did for Deena. This is the second of three I am doing as a jumping off point to design her new tattoo. Here is the first design from several days ago.

I will be back with the sketches tomorrow. But now I'm going to eat some dinner and then collapse. Zzzzzzz.

This is Post #1239

Deena's Ink Part 1

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales 

Just a quick break from Conventionless Convention Sketches tonight. I worked on two of them and managed to not finish either of them. But the pencils are finished so that's progress.

Above is another project I am working on. This is the first of a few designs I am doing for my lovely wife Deena. She has been wanting a new tattoo for some time and wants me to create the art. We worked out what she wants and here is a sketch of the first design. The tattoo will be on her lower back (yes, we all know what they call a tattoo on the lower back. :) ) and the center will be a lotus and fairy. More wispy elements will be added but the important part is the center image. Once that is nailed down the rest will follow pretty easily. She wanted to share and so here is design #1.

Back to the Conventionless Convention Sketches tomorrow.

Have a good weekend everyone!

This is Post #1230


Robin © DC Comics

Just a quick ink sketch today with some Photoshop colors and textures. It's funny, I don't think I have ever done a Robin commission. Hmmmm.

This is Post #1192

Captain America - Sketch

Captain America © Marvel Entertainment

Just a head shot I started of Captain America. This was done on watercolor paper with the plan to paint it soon.

This is Post #1191

Sketchy Business

Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

I'm playing today folks. But that didn't stop me from sketching this on a sheet of watercolor paper. The line art is unfinished, but I will finish it sometime and then paint it. But today, I just playing. :)

This is Post #1162


Superman © DC Comics

Finally home. Had a good trip but I am exhausted. Whew!

After drawing the Dark Knight yesterday, I just had to draw the Man of Tomorrow, didn't I? More fun with an 11" x 14" sheet of Canson paper and some ink and paint. I really like this profile. Especially the curl in his hair. Fun stuff. :)

This is Post #1152


Batman © DC Comics

Just playing around with a 11" x 14" sheet of Canson Paper and some various mediums. Nice to just scribble sometimes. :)

This is Post #1151

White Queen - Sketch

White Queen © Marvel Entertainment

Just a quick sketch on a 11" x 17" sheet of gray Canson paper that I did while scanning other work I was doing today. I was too lazy to cut down a piece for a portrait so I just started drawing. Considering the final result, I probably should have cut down the paper and drawn a portrait. :)

This is Post #1094


Starfire © DC Comics

While talking to my friend Tom, I asked him to come up with a few suggestions for the sketch today. He had a few good ideas but this character stood out. Many of you might not remember this Starfire. She did have her own short-lived book in the early 1970s drawn by Mike Vosburg. Fun stuff folks!

Above is the pencil sketch done on 11" x 17" bristol board. The bottom grays were done in Photoshop.

Starfire © DC Comics

This is Post #1054

Black Widow - 30 minutes

Black Widow © Marvel Entertainment

First the good news: My A/C is working again and it was a very productive day. I did this sketch rather quickly today. The pose just flowed out of the pencil without any effort. And I did the inks in a choppy sort of way. I put this all down really quick and added some color in Photoshop. This all took about 30 minutes. After I was done, I looked at it again and wondered "Have I done this pose before?" It seems familiar and it may be similar to some other pose I have done. I'm not worried about it though. After so many years of doing this, I am bound to repeat something or get close to repeating something. This was for fun and I am not searching through my files for a similar piece. :)

And my A/C is working again. It's all good. :)

This is Post #1034